By Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, November 7, 2013
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting CSX's Northwest Ohio Terminal
with Vice President Joe Biden. It's not our first trip to a key freight
hub together. Last month, the Vice President and I visited the Ports of
Baltimore, Charleston, and Savannah.
Why freight hubs? Because this Administration knows that moving freight is the lifeblood of our economy.
We already move 48 million tons of goods across America each day. But that number will only grow as our population increases.
So we're committed to making our first-class freight system even
stronger. We're also committed to innovative partnerships to help make
And one such partnership can be found in Ohio and the other
states--Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland--in the National
Gateway Freight Corridor. With one of our first TIGER grants, we awarded
the Corridor $98 million to enhance intermodal efficiency and rail
capacity, so we can better connect businesses in the Midwest with ports
in the Mid Atlantic.
The rail bridge and tunnel work this grant supports is creating a
seamless rail network with 21-foot vertical clearance throughout. The
improvements will increase capacity by allowing trains to carry
double-stacked containers, making the corridor more marketable to major
East Coast ports and shippers.
The entire enterprise has involved 60 different projects in six
states and the District of Columbia. One of the corridor's six new
intermodal terminals is in North Baltimore, Ohio.
Because of DOT's investment in rail upgrades, CSX developed its $175
million, 500-acre Northwest Ohio Terminal, a hub that supports jobs for
300 men and women who work hard to move millions of freight containers
But there is more work to be done. Vice President Biden and I saw the
evidence of that yesterday in North Baltimore, where CSX is already
looking to expand its facility --just two years after it opened.
President Obama and Vice President Biden know the importance of
continuing to expand our freight network. And with their support, this
Department will continue working hard to keep America's freight moving
safely and reliably from farms and manufacturers to ports and markets at
home and around the world.